AUGUST FREERIDE NEWSLETTER
The sun is shining and the last snow is melting away. The dog days of summer are upon us, but even with the hot weather and sunshine, JHSC Freeride is offering programming for our athletes, both on and off snow. New Freeride Program Director, Collin Rehm, is taking advantage of the summer to get ready for a busy winter of Freeride.
“Thanks to our Freeride community for the continued support as I transition into the role of Program Director. I’m incredibly lucky to have such an amazing team of coaches, families, and athletes around me helping to keep our momentum moving during this time of transition. Our camp offerings, combined with dryland training in the fall, keep the kids ready for another great season on snow.” -Collin Rehm
Skate camps are off and running (rolling?). Snowboard coach Stephan Merriam and ski coach Toby Koekkoek have been taking Freeride kids to skate parks near and far while our home park in Jackson is under construction.
“Skateparks and swimming holes, what could be better?”
Kids have been coming to JHSC's Skateboard Camps for the same reason fellow freeride coach Stefan Merriam and I are still skateboarding ourselves, because they love to skate and want to improve. With the Jackson skatepark closed and under construction, we've had to be a little more creative with our days and drive a little further for skateparks. For this week's "advanced camp" we took a crew of freeride and skate camp regulars all the way out to St. Anthony to check out a different park. After a solid session during the heat of the day, it became apparent it was time to find a swimming hole. We cruised over to St. Anthony Sand Bar, a lovely swimming spot on the Henry's Fork river with jumping spots, a water slide and a refreshingly different vibe than Jackson's crowded summer hot spots. From there we made our way south for a session at the Driggs skatepark, where everyone was ripping, and even got an all camp game of SKATE. We had just enough time to sneak in one more river dip, so we headed over to the kids favorite "Big Eddy" on the Teton River before heading back to Jackson.
Thursday we headed down to Alpine to skate at their park - a coach and camper favorite, especially after last summer's upgrade to the park. Once again we got into the heat of the day, so over to the Palisades Reservoir we went for a swim. From there we headed back towards Jackson and checked on the progress of the Jackson Skatepark which the kids loved to see, and is coming along beautifully. We skated around the High School parking lot a bit, before one more swim over in Flat Creek. Overall we made it to three skateparks and swam in four different bodies of water in two days. Not bad!” Toby Koekkoek
Head Ski Coach Matt Newton just wrapped up a week of fun at the heart of summer skiing at Mt. Hood, OR. We teamed up with Windells camp to offer our athletes the highest quality summer training facilities in North America.
“Freeride had a very successful trip to Mt Hood and Windells Camp. The kids spent the days skiing, skateboarding and jumping on trampolines. They were able to push themselves and learn new tricks/skills. It was a great week.” - Matt Newton
Thanks all for reading! Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, winter is coming! - Collin Rehm
Quote of the month: “Each turn is a sign of fear.” -Eric “Hoji” Hjorliefson (maybe)